Movie: Theresa is a Mother
Alternating between heartwarming and heart-wrenching, this film is and interesting glimpse into the inner workings of a family in crisis. After being kicked out of her apartment, single mother Theresa needs to find a place for herself and her three daughters to live. So, she decides to take the dreaded step of moving back home with her parents. How humiliating. But worse than that, Theresa has some guilt to contend with. She had fled her childhood home years before when she needed to distance herself from her parents’ depressing lifestyle. But, when she moves back home, Theresa is a little concerned to find that her parents have actually moved on with their lives, gotten hobbies, and new friends. And, they are more than a little annoyed that Theresa and her band of little hellions have come back to stay.
But Theresa didn’t just move away to get away from her parents. She also fancies herself a punk rock musician, so she needed to get away from life in the countryside to pursue her art. Now if only she could actually sing . . . . But despite the fact that the protagonist is a horrible musician, this movie actually has a fair amount of good music in it. While Theresa struggles so bitterly with her art, her little daughters show promise, and they perform quite well. And, that actually leads me to discuss the film’s interesting casting. I had noted while watching this how the little girls in the film looked remarkably like the actress playing Theresa. And sure enough, when the credits began to roll, I saw that all three were actually her real daughters. No wonder they had such good chemistry. And, then I noticed that most of the songs performed in the film were actually written by the oldest one. It’s pretty impressive.
I’d say this movie leans a little more toward the heartwarming side. While there is a darkness to contend with, the overall message is hopeful. And, I enjoyed my time watching it. This film is from Garden Thieves Pictures, and it will be available on DVD and VOD on September 29. So, if it sounds interesting to you, make sure to check it out.